Farm Stand – Oil Painting


Oil Painting    16 x 12 inches      See Pricing

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A couple of years ago I created a large pastel commission of this scene for the Paint Ann Arbor project (below). A large real estate developer chose 25 artists to create paintings of his buildings and also scenes around Ann Arbor. They requested I paint the First National Building, Washtenaw Dairy and Farmer’s Market.

I’ve always loved the market reference photo and wanted to give it another go, this time in oil. My focus was on creating a piece with more depth and natural color. As usual, I altered and simplified elements in the composition as I went along. I was happy with the way this oil painting came out…and glad I revisited the original reference.


Pastel Painting   24 x 18 inches    SOLD

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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

Plein Air Convention Pastel Paintings 5


Point Loma
Plein air seascape pastel painting       9 inches x 12 inches       See Pricing
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On the last day of the Plein Air Convention we spent the whole windy day painting out a Point Loma. WOW. The power and beauty of that site was truly amazing… and constantly changing. It can be overwhelming for a seasoned artist, not to mention for newbies. I spent most of my time with artists encouraging them to capture only ONE moment of time. We have to memorize the way a wave appears at one point in its roll, paint a bit of that on the canvas, then wait for that exact wave to come again, then memorize and paint, over and over. Otherwise you can go insane. Really.

I painted the top pastel first, looking at the cliffs to my left. Every 4th or 5th wave would roll in and crash into the cliffs at exactly the right spot. I’d paint all the other areas of the piece until the crescendo came again…and then I’d hurriedly try to capture it on paper. Later, I turned to my right and painted one of the calmer tide pools (below). Not as dramatic, but dynamic in its own way…


Tidal Pool
Plein air seascape pastel painting       12 inches x 9 inches       See Pricing
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This artwork was created with:
Paper: Kitty Wallis Warm Belgian Mist Paper

Plein Air Convention Pastel Paintings 4


At Balboa Park
Plein air pastel painting       12 inches x 9 inches       See Pricing
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One lovely afternoon in San Diego, many of the 900 artists at the Plein Air Convention traveled out to Balboa Park. I’d never been to the stunningly beautiful area and was awestruck by the gorgeous gardens and buildings at the site of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. We only had a few hours to paint and I was responsible for assisting artists as well. I had to choose a view quickly and paint it even faster!

The portal of this elegant building attracted me, especially with the vibrant red umbrella in front. I usually don’t figure out how complex a scene is until I am well into portraying it. Painting architecture en plein air is difficult. But ornate architecture is a recipe for a full-blown nervous breakdown–especially with well-meaning people giving their unsolicited advice. But I persevered.

Balboa Park is definitely on my list of sites to return to. I’m sure I could paint there for months and months and never get bored…


This artwork was created with:
Paper: Kitty Wallis Warm Belgian Mist Paper
Medium: Rembrandt Pastels
and Sennelier Pastels

Plein Air Convention Pastel Paintings 3


Into the Blue
Pastel landscape painting    9″ x 12″       See Pricing
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I was incredibly honored that Savoir-Faire, a fine art supply importer, requested that I demonstrate at their booth during the Plein Air Convention. They know how much I love their products and kindly sent me a half-pastel Seaside set and a pad of Sennelier Pastel Card a couple of months ago.

Its a bit nerve-racking to paint in the hugely crowded exhibit hall where hundreds of accomplished artists are prowling the aisles, experimenting with new products and buying their favorites. And it is just TOO WEIRD that while we are attending the biggest gathering of plein art peeps in the world, we demonstrators are working from PHOTOS – the very opposite of what we all live for. But ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

I thought I’d bring a little northern Michigan to southern California. I was happy with the way these two pieces came out and received great comments from the wandering artists and buyers. I worked for an hour an a half on each one using Pastel Card as my substrate. I am liking this paper more and more. It stops me from becoming overly detailed and fussy with my application of pastel. I like the gritty surface and the soft edges it creates. But when I want strong emphasis, it lets me create strong, expressive strokes. Yum.


All is Well
Pastel landscape painting    12″ x 9″       See Pricing
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This artwork was created with:
Paper: Senellier Pastel Card
Medium: Rembrandt Pastels and Sennelier Pastels

Plein Air Convention Pastel Paintings 2


The Balboa
Plein air pastel cityscape painting       14 inches x 11 inches   See Pricing
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When Nancie King Mertz (my roomie and fellow faculty) arrived at the Plein Air Convention, we decided to explore downtown and paint some of the old parts of San Diego. Both of our eyes were drawn to the beautiful tower of the old Balboa Theater. Recently named one of the world most spectacular theaters by CNN, it has a long and varied history which you can read here.  We spent a lovely morning in the adjoining square painting and talking with the locals.

I’m off to the Oil Painters of America Convention in Cincinatti. Looking forward to learning everything I can from the master oil painters!


This artwork was created with:
Paper: Foamcore painted with dark orange pastel ground and Kitty Wallis Warm Belgian Mist Paper
Medium: Rembrandt Pastels
and Sennelier Pastels

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